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Tesco, Loot Crate, Spirit to Talk Retail at NYC Summit

The first round of retailers that will take part in the Global Retail Forum at the NYC Licensing Summit will include the world’s fifth largest retailer, Tesco, and specialty retailer Spencer’s, with more to be announced soon.

April 6, 2018

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Three top retailers will share insights into their merchandising strategies at the conference and networking event.

The world’s ninth largest retailer, Tesco, as well as specialty retailers Spirit Halloween, part of Spencer Spirit Holdings Company, and Loot Crate will offer a first-hand look at their retail concepts and licensing strategies in the Global Retail Forum at the NYC Licensing Summit.

The NYC Licensing Summit will take place March 2-3 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Last year’s event sold out, so executives are encouraged to book their tickets soon.

British multi-national retailer Tesco, which has 6,902 doors in 11 countries around the world that bring in more than $81 billion in retail revenue, is the ninth largest retailer in the world, according to the Top 250 Global Retailers 2017 report, published by Deloitte and the National Retail Federation. Rachel Wakely, head of licensing at Tesco, will offer first-hand insights into the retailer’s merchandising strategy and the role licensing plays for the company worldwide.

Loot Crate curates and delivers boxes filled with “geek and gaming gear” including licensed collectibles, apparel, tech gadgets, art and more to hundreds of thousands of subscribers every month. The company has teamed up with a number of leading licensors to create themed boxes featuring DC, Marvel, Nintendo and other brands. Loot Crate also offers more niche subscriptions including Loot Anime, Loot Gaming and Loot Pets. David Morris, the company’s senior vice president of operations, will offer a first-hand look at Loot Crate’s unique concept and retail strategy.

In addition, Eric Morse, divisional vice president of licensing, marketing and product development at Spencer Gifts’ Spirit Halloween, will provide insight into the unique proposition of specialty retail and the phenomenal growth and popularity of the concept. With 1,200 locations, Spirit Halloween is the largest Halloween specialty retailer in the U.S. Celebrating 33 years, Spirit offers one-stop shopping for everything from costumes to decor and party goods to accessories. In addition, parent Spencer’s has more than 650 pop culture-inspired gift stores across North America.

“These retailers will each bring a valuable and distinct viewpoint about the current retail landscape, offering insight into how licensors and licensees can stand out on increasingly crowded shelves,” says Tony Lisanti, global editorial director, License Global magazine and moderator, NYC Summit. “This will be a not-to-miss session for everyone looking to understand the rapidly changing retail landscape.”

These latest additions round out the speaker lineup for the NYC Summit, which will also feature actress and entrepreneur Drew Barrymore as well as 19 top executives from some of the biggest players in licensing including Activision Blizzard, CAA-GBG, Cartoon Network, Epic Rights, Iconix Brand Group, Macy’s Parade, Nickelodeon Viacom Consumer Products, PepsiCo North America, Sequential Brands Group, Sony Pictures, Stanley Black & Decker, Xcel Brands and more.

For the full agenda and to buy tickets, visit www.licensemag.com/nyc-summit.

The NYC Summit is developed by License Global magazine, part of UBM's Global Licensing Group, also organizer of Licensing Expo and Brand Licensing Europe, and in partnership with the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), the industry’s leading trade organization. This year's sponsors include Platinum Sponsor Concept One Accessories and Silver Sponsors BrandComply, JPatton and Uwär? Brands, with additional sponsorship support from FabNY, Trevco, OpSec Security and the Boy Scouts of America.

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